New Year’s Day Racing Cancelled At Santa Anita; To Resume With Holiday Program On Monday – Horse Racing News


Santa Anita Park canceled the New Year’s Day racing program as steady rain soaked the Southern California area throughout Saturday night and into early Sunday morning. The rain began as a light drizzle Saturday morning but increased in strength throughout the completion of the program, continuing throughout the night.

Racing will resume at Santa Anita on Monday, Jan. 2, with 10 races and a first post at 12 noon Pacific. The program kicks off with the Grade 3 Las Cienegas Stakes for fillies and mares scheduled to run about 6 1/2 furlongs on the downhill turf course.

The popular Corgi Winter Nationals, which was set to be held in the infield on Sunday, has been rescheduled for Sunday, Feb. 19.  Pre-purchased tickets have already been transferred to the new date.

Horsemen and horseplayers have been incredibly supportive of Santa Anita’s 2022-23 Classic Meet.  An all-time handle record was set for an opening day with over $26 million wagered all sources. The December 26th crowd of 41,446 was the largest gathering on-track for a non-Breeders’ Cup day since 2016. The strength of the handle continued Friday and Saturday, with more than $10.6 million Friday and over $11.4 million Saturday all sources.  Combined with Opening Day, Santa Anita Park has handled nearly $50 million over the first three days of the season.

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